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I’ve been reading a lot of stuff about Governor Huckabee’s recent statement that the explanation for his rise in the polls is “not a human one,” most recently Jim Geraghty’s reporting on the matter. Geraghty is a great reporter, but I think he’s wrong on this.
Simply put, I believe God is the Almighty, the maker of the universe, and that he is in control of all things. That includes attitudes in Iowa, even when I disagree with them. So theologically, Governor Huckabee is right, because ultimately, everything that happens on Earth has a non-human explanation — God either willed it or allowed it.
And I also don’t think that Governor Huckabee’s merely saying that is the same as alleging, for instance, that he’s God’s chosen candidate. I buy Joe Carter’s idea that he’s giving “God the credit for the blessings—particuarly the unexplainable good fortune—that come [his] way.”
Moreover, I think that slamming Huckabee on this point — one on which I suspect most evangelicals will agree with him whether they want him to be president or not — undercuts the speaker’s ability to make credibly the point that he is running a sectarian campaign. And that is an argument we have to make, because a sectarian campaign is a divisive and destructive one for our national fabric — especially in times such as the present, when the very idea of a shared American culture is under vicious attack from the Left.
Governor Huckabee’s campaign would do well to note that not just “In God We Trust” is printed on the dollar bill — so is “E Pluribus Unum.” But I don’t fault him for giving the glory for his rise in the polls to God.

About Charles Mitchell

EFM's resident Yankee, Charles Mitchell, works in the non-profit arena in his native Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Charissa, live near the state capital of Harrisburg with their daughter, Adeline, and are members of a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.

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